KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 14, 2019) – The USMMA men's and track & field team celebrated Senior Day on Sunday before the annual Coach Omeltchenko Invitational at Brooks Stadium.
Before action begun, the Mariners paid tribute to their six graduating seniors from the Class of 2019 – Jesse Byorth (Billings, Mont.), Trever Huss (Orange City, Iowa), Kijona Henley (Smithfield, Va.), James Gunderson (Bloomington, Minn.), John Robertson (Pfafftown, N.C.) and David Collins (North Kingstown, R.I.).
In the meet, the men went head-to-head against three CUNYAC schools, and the Mariners won all three matchups. They triumphed over the Beavers of City College, 97-60, came out on top of the Lightning of Lehman College, 94-52, and sailed past the Dolphins of the College of Staten Island, 107-31.
The Mariners added two more ECAC qualifying performances to bring their season-total up to 10. Freshmen Nicholas Arima (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Lucas Jordan (Littleton, Colo.) hit qualifying marks in the 1500m run, as Arima placed second in 4:15.18, and Jordan was right behind him in third place with a time of 4:15.36.
Merchant Marine had a total of eight first-place finishes on the day. They are listed below.
- 3000m Steeplechase – Freshman Tyler Pittman (Albuquerque, N.M.) - 10:13.62
- 110m Hurdles – Senior Kijona Henley (Smithfield, Va.) - 16.87
- 3000m Run – Jordan - 9:33.43
- High Jump – Henley - 5-06.00
- Discus – Sophomore Ivan Goretoy (West Warwick, R.I.) - 37.95m
- Hammer – Senior David Collins (North Kingstown, R.I.) - 47.91m
- Javelin – Senior Jesse Byorth (Billings, Mont.) - 48.94m
- Shot Put – Goretoy - 11.89m
For the complete results from the meet, click here.
Up next, the Mariners will compete in the 2019 Skyline Championship Meet on Sunday, April 28, at Farmingdale State College. Any live links to follow along with the Championship event will be available on the USMMA Track & Field Schedule Page.
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